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"Pedicures for the Poor" event on Saint Patrick's Day in Iowa City

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At the Iowa City Catholic Worker House, there's more than just corned beef and cabbage on the menu this St. Patrick's Day.

The Catholic Worker House of hospitality will also host a Free Foot Care Clinic where doctors and nurses will give free foot exams, complete with pedicures, relaxing soaks in salt water, nail and callus trimming, consultations about ingrown toenails and other feet issues, and even get their nails painted. 

"Many of our poor and homeless guests have particular foot care needs, especially if they spend long hours walking, face barriers to keeping their feet warm and dry, or cannot access supportive shoes or nail and skin care supplies," said Catholic Worker Nicole Novak, who helped organize the monthly free foot care clinic with her father, Dr. Tom Novak.

"Things like ingrown toenails or small wounds can get complicated if someone is staying outside and doesn't have the opportunity to keep their feet dry. Some people also have medical issues that affect their feet, such as diabetes, and others have limited flexibility that makes it harder to care for their feet," Nicole said.

The Iowa City Catholic Worker House hosted their first Free Foot Care Clinic in February and performed fourteen foot exams. The Catholic Worker House now hosts the foot clinics every third Saturday of the month.

"We get a lot of different kinds of Epsom salts and bubble bath so people can make their own custom foot soak solution, and we had a bunch of different types of lotion to choose from," Nicole said.

More than two dozen homeless and very poor people eat dinner, do laundry, take showers, drink coffee, and relax at the Iowa City Catholic Worker House every Saturday night.

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